Libs want to limit public consultation on budget especially on Hydro One, NDP House leader responds

Ontario NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson sent the following letter to Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi.


April 28, 2015

Hon. Yasir Naqvi, MPP

Minister Naqvi:

I write in response to your April 23, 2015 letter outlining your government’s proposal to have the Legislature swiftly pass your 2015 budget bill.

New Democrats agree that the budget process plays a key role in the economic health and overall growth of our Province and, as a result, it is essential for Ontarians to have the opportunity to speak to the proposals in this important piece of legislation. Unfortunately, we were dismayed and disappointed by the incredibly brief timelines your government is proposing to discuss this year’s budget bill, a document that features some of the most significant changes to Ontario’s fiscal policy in over a generation.

Horwath: Kathleen Wynne’s budget will make Ontarians pay the price

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that Ontarians will pay the price for the choices Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have made in her latest budget.

“Ontarians deserve a plan that’s focused on their priorities like their kids’ education, healthcare, good-paying jobs, social services for vulnerable Ontarians, and making life more affordable for the middle class. This budget falls short on all counts,” said Horwath.  

Instead of protecting vital public services and supporting job creating businesses, this budget promises deep, painful cuts to healthcare, education and social services. Instead of safeguarding our shared public assets, this budget promises a fire sale of Hydro One.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's Statement on Earth Day

Today marks the 25th Earth Day. Ontarians all across our province are making conscious choices to reduce their environmental footprint and nearly all school-aged children will participate in Earth Day activities as they learn how to become better stewards of our province’s environment.

We have a beautiful province. We have more than 250,000 lakes which contain about one-third of the world's fresh water. Ontario has one-third of North America’s boreal forest and one-quarter of the world’s wetlands. Ontario’s delicate ecosystems are the envy of the world, and it is the responsibility of all of us to protect them.

Ontario’s New Democrats are proud of our record on the environment. It is thanks to the NDP that Ontario has an Environmental Commissioner, an Environmental Bill of Rights and the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. We have been leaders in calling for energy conservation and retrofit programs to help Ontarians reduce their carbon footprint.

Building a sustainable economy makes sense not only for our environment, but for Ontario’s long-term prosperity.

This is about leaving a legacy that we can be proud of for our children and for generations to come.

Liberals’ refusal to take responsibility for cuts to education, “perplexing”: NDP Education Critic

QUEEN’S PARK — During Question Period today, NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky demanded the Premier and Minister of Education explain why the Liberal government is refusing to take responsibility for short-sighted cuts to education which have resulted in labour unrest and the closure of 88 community schools.

Liberals continue to put insurance industry profits ahead of Ontario drivers: NDP Deputy Leader

QUEEN’S PARK — Jagmeet Singh, NDP Deputy Leader and Consumer Services critic, demanded the Liberal government stop dragging its feet and deliver the auto insurance reductions the party promised Ontarians in the last election. 

Liberals’ class size flip-flop throws Ontario schools into chaos

QUEEN’S PARK — During Question Period today, NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky demanded the Premier and Minister of Education explain why the Liberal government is removing a limit on classroom sizes in Ontario schools while slashing education funding.